NKorea Nuclear Affirmation Casts Doubt Over Call for Talks.

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SEOUL,  South Korea — North Korea affirmed its commitment to nuclear weapons in a statement that attacked South Korea’s leader, fueling skepticism over the regime’s claim that it wants to return to dialog over its atomic program.

The north is demonstrating its might as a “military power and nuclear weapons state envied by world people and feared by enemies,” the official Korea Central News Agency said. The rest of the statement was directed at South Korean President Park Geun Hye, saying she had behaved “coquettishly” and “kicked up confrontation hysteria.”

The statement came after the North’s envoy, Choe Ryong Hae, told Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 24 that his country wants to find ways to resolve its conflicts via talks. The nuclear affirmation signals that the North won’t abandon weapons development, a condition the U.S. has set for six-party talks that collapsed in 2008.

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